Purpose: To study the surgical outcome of triple procedure as penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) with conventional extra capsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with posterior chamber intraocular lens (PCIOL) implantation in patients with both central corneal opacity and advanced cataract at rural set up. Introduction: When corneal opacity and cataract present together then well-established and effective triple procedure is indicated. Prognosis for a clear graft is good in triple, as graft endothelium does not touch the hard nucleus which may occur in two steps or sequential surgery. It provides faster visual rehabilitation. Being single step procedure it reduces patient’s hospital stay, postoperative care and follows up visits. Methodology: In this hospital based observational , three years longitudinal study, we studied the surgical outcome of relatively rare one step triple procedure as PKP with conventional ECCE with PCIOL implantation in sulcus or in bag, in patients with both central corneal opacity and advanced cataract at rural set up. The outcome measures included graft clarity on slit lamp, postoperative unaided visual acuity with Snellen’s chart and the occurrence of postoperative complications after taking IEC permission and informed written consent in local language from study patients. Results: Out of 13 study patients mean age was 61.15yrs (Range50-80yrs). Follow up range was 9-34 months. At final follow up 9 patients (69.23%) had clear grafts and 61.52% patients gained visual acuity >6/24. Graft failure was the most common post operative complication in 30.76% followed by Posterior capsular opacification (PCO) in 15.38% patients which was treated well with YAG laser capsulotomy. Conclusion: Triple procedure gives good results in respect to graft clarity, unaided vision, and faster rehabilitation.
Keywords: Triple procedure, Cataract with corneal opacity, Triple surgery